More than a Program,
Persevere is a Movement
What started with one man’s life changed, has grown to thousands of life changing experiences for hundreds of men and women in multiple states across the country. And we’re just getting started.
Ready, willing and enabled; Sean Hosman at TEDxMonroeCorrectionalComplex
Our story begins with one man and his desire to help others.
“I was trying to be a dad and a husband while also running this company and battling addiction and alcoholism. I thought I could balance it, and of course, there is no balance in addiction. I was arrested 12 times in two years. My experiences made me think of a concept I’ve kept coming back to ever since: ready, willing and enabled. I knew I couldn’t quit on my own, but some people around me enabled me to make a change. And I mean “enabled” in the true sense of the word. They gave me the ability to do what I knew needed to be done. They empowered me.”
And so Persevere was born.
Persevere began in 2012, two years before its incorporation in 2014, as our Founder was released from jail after serving time for a drug-related offense. He realized that he could earn a living thanks to his advanced technology skills, while others with criminal records struggled to find jobs. His initial efforts to help men one at a time evolved into what Persevere is today – an organization serving hundreds of justice-involved and at-risk individuals in community and correctional settings in more than 5 states.
We believe, and are committed to, communities and various stakeholders working together to form coalitions and create partnerships to bring education, housing, jobs, and mental health and substance abuse services to their respective areas. Too many people are affected by the criminal justice system, recidivism, and lack of access to critical resources and services. Too many of our minority populations have been drastically and disproportionately impacted.
The problem is too massive to expect a quick fix, but every individual we help to lift themselves out of poverty and transcend their past will help create a better future for us all. Together, we will persevere.
Meet The Team: Behind The Scenes
Persevere is made up of people who have experienced the failings of the criminal justice system firsthand and, as such, appreciate the struggle of rebuilding a life. Every member of the Persevere team is committed to and passionate about helping you succeed.
Founder and Acting Executive Director
Director National Institute to Unlock Potential
Senior Director of Growth
Senior Director of Operations
Youth Program Coordinator
Mental Health Counsler
Program Manager National Institute to Unlock Potential
Board Chair Tennessee Department of Corrections
Dr. Rubin Cockrell
CEO Positive Images & Associates
Founder & CEO Sheri Mac Enterprises
Our Advisory Board
Board Chair Retired Secretary of Corrections Washington, California, MTC
Dr. Adimika Arthur
Founder and CEO HealthTech 4 Medicaid (HT4M)
Elizabeth K. Reynold
Sr. Principal Ecosystems & Ventures Accenture (HT4M)
Spark of Workwider.com
Founder and Chief Branding OfficerHella Social Impact
Founding Partner DiverseCity Ventures
Ron Glickman, Ed.D
Chief Information Officer Trader Joes Company